When John Crysostom was called before the Empress and threatened for his preaching, he gave this reply:
“What can I fear? Will it be death? But you know that Christ is my life, and that I shall gain by death. Will it be exile? But the earth and all its fullness is the Lord’s. Will it be the loss of wealth? But we brought nothing into the world, and can carry nothing out.
“Thus all the terrors of the world are contemptible in my eyes, and I smile at all its good things. Poverty I do not fear. Riches I do not sigh for. Death I do not shrink from.
“And so if they banish me, I shall be like Elijah! If they throw me in the mire, like Jeremiah. If into the pit, like Daniel! If they stone me, it is Stephen I shall resemble! John the forerunner, if they cut off my head! Paul, if they beat me with stripes! Isaiah, if they saw me asunder.”
Philippians 1:27-30 tells us that this fearlessness in the face of suffering is a mark of God’s people. Study the passage to learn why.
Open the Inductive Bible Study app and join us in the interactive study of Philippians 1:27-30 titled “The Fearlessness of Heaven’s Citizens.“